Gilbert kicks off “Gilbert Feeding Families” Community Food Drive
The Town of Gilbert kicked-off the month-long “Gilbert Feeding Families” Community Food Drive with a bag-off competition between local, county, state and federal leaders. Albertsons, located on Lindsay and Warner Roads in Gilbert, hosted the competition between Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Arizona State Representative Warren Petersen, County Supervisor Denny Barney, and Chuck Gray, District Director for Congressman Matt Salmon.
The 60-second friendly-competition signified the beginning of the annual food drive running from May 1st to May 31st. In 2012, Gilbert was able to collect over 40,000 meals for the United Food Bank. This year the goal is even higher as the community is being challenged to collect 50,000 meals.
“Gilbert is such a close-knit community and when faced with a challenge like this, I am confident that we can work together to help our neighbors in need,” said Mayor John Lewis.
All of the food donated will go directly to feeding the Gilbert community. The United Food Bank works with eight different Gilbert organizations to distribute more than 126,000 pounds of food annually to support their programs.
“We are honored to have the support from the Town of Gilbert and their residents in this month-long food drive,” said Bob Evans, President and CEO of United Food Bank. “May is the time when we are reminded of the long, harsh summer heat – which is also when our shelves run dry. Your generous contributions will help us keep food on our shelves so we can feed the hungry people of Gilbert and Arizona.”
Donation drop off sites will be located around town, including all of the fire stations, recreation centers, libraries, and Town Hall. If you or your business is interested in participating, visitwww.gilbertaz.gov/feedingfamilies for more information.